Project 18C

The Asian Australian Alliance (AAA) launched a face-book site called Project 18C after a Sydney forum discussion on November 2013 about the Abbott promises to change the RDA. By March 2014, Project 18C’s daily newsfeeds were regularly hitting over 2000. It was decided that local councils across Australia provided the closest link to local communities. It became successful because local councils could ignore the George Brandis’ short and inconvenient April 30 2014 deadline and be aware of each other’s progress on our Facebook tally board.

Project 18C worked behind the scenes to work on optimal pathways with selected
councillors regardless of his or her political allegiance, and whether or not, most
mayors were Liberal party aligned. By working close to the ground, Project 18C was getting resolutions up even though there was consistent Liberal blocking, lots of shadow
boxing, and modification of our resolution templates. AAA conveners personally spoke at various councils and the local bigots showed up in droves.

Project 18C had incredible support from the MPs and Senators from the Greens at State and Federal level who guided AAA to the right persons around Australia. After two more hard months, Victoria and NSW went viral, then S.A. and W.A came on board. SBS,
Guardian, Channel 10, ABC News started to kick in with updates and local newspapers published 100’s of articles as it reached mainstream.

Project 18C reached a national score of 50 councils by end June. By the early August 2014, the project secured Albury, Fremantle, Hobart, Greater Taree, and at the end had assisted a total of 75 councils to pressure the government to drop proposals to water down 18C. There were 40 councils still in the progress when Abbott finally tossed it in and the Government relented.

Please click on these links to check out the media coverage on the successful campaign:

  1. The Daily Telegraph, May 2014 – Liberal politicians across Sydney line up to condemn proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act
  2. The Guardian Australia, June 2014 –Racial discrimination: more than 50 councils urge Brandis to drop changes
  3. SBS New, April 2014 – Local councils unite in opposition against race law changes
  4. The Daily Telegraph, May 2014 – Gosford Council to lodge objection to federal changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Conveners for the ASIAN AUSTRALIAN ALLIANCE were also featured on channel 10 news in Sydney back in 2014 on the campaign.